Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis sounds a note of caution ahead of Norwich City test

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is refusing to get carried away ahead of Norwich City's New Year's Day Premier League visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is refusing to get carried away ahead of Norwich City's New Year's Day Premier League visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
7:30 AM

Tony Pulis will not be distracted by Crystal Palace’s short-term uplift as they bid to start 2014 in winning style against Norwich City.

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Norwich City goalscorer Bradley Johnson is congratulated by Gary Hooper after his opener in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City goalscorer Bradley Johnson is congratulated by Gary Hooper after his opener in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Pulis has presided over three Premier League wins in six game since replacing Ian Holloway, and the Eagles would go above City with a victory at Selhurst Park. Palace beat Aston Villa in the Midlands on Boxing Day before a battling 1-0 weekend defeat at Manchester City but Pulis has injected a note of realism.

“I’m just concerned about the next game and the next game,” he said. “If you pat yourself on the back for having a good performance this game will kick you up the backside but if you get down and depressed you drag other people down with you. You have to be upbeat and positive and though it affects you, you have to get over it as soon as you can - whether that is a good or a bad performance.

“When I say I’m never happy - I think you can never be happy with your lot. If you are driven then you strive to improve, you mustn’t confuse that for not being happy. In respect of striving to get better all the time that is who I am. It is the New Year, it is not the end of the season. The most important thing is that we stay focused and that we prepare properly for Norwich and the next game, until the end of the season or until we get the points to keep us in the Premier League.

“Norwich are one of the teams in the bottom half of the table who will be looking to get points as quickly as they can, much like us. I have a lot of respect for Chris (Hughton) and it is a smashing football club.”

Pulis aims to bolster his own club’s survival bid with January transfer window signings as he looks to repeat the success he had in the market at Stoke.

“Every club I’ve been at, I don’t think anyone can decry me spending too much and not giving them a return on their money,” he said. “I have always prided myself in that respect and if I bring players in they will be coming in to help us initially stay in the Premier League.

“If they are older players you keep the value by staying in the Premier League or they are young and they actually gain value.

“At Stoke if you look at (Ryan) Shawcross, (Asmir) Begovic, (Marc) Wilson and (Steven) Nzonzi - they have all maintained Premier League football for Stoke City.

“Their value now compared to what we paid at the time would have gone through the roof - if we could do the same at this football club then I would be doing somersaults. I’m hoping and praying that one or two things will drop. Both in terms of players who are not in the squad or around the squad, moving them on and letting them play. That might leave us a little room to manoeuvre and bring a few in.”

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